April 9: Maundy Thursday

Luke 22:7-23

Gather at the Table:

A Maundy Thursday Service with Holy Communion

Note: Before watching this video, gather together elements of bread and wine or grape juice (or a grape juice substitute of your choice) for communion. If you have the time and the ingredients, you may even choose to bake your own bread.

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...and a little something extra for the kids!

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Hymns

Bonus:

TED Talk on Bread Baking, Death, & Resurrection

Let Us Break Bread Together (United Methodist Hymnal #618)

One Bread, One Body (United Methodist Hymnal #620)

"Bread" by Sarah Are

"After he had washed their feet...[Jesus] returned to the table." (John 13:12)

Jesus returned to the table, that simple common space,

Moving from water and undeserved grace

To bread that nourishes and sustains our place --

Two simple elements, no time to waste.

I should have known there would be water,

But of course there would be bread.

From the start of creation, God has tried to keep us fed --

Fed on bread and roses and love we don't notice.

I should have known there would be water,

But of course there would be bread.

I should have known there would be space

At the table for grace --

Space for nerves, and questions, and absent confessions;

Space for me and Elijah and Judas, without question.

I should have known there would be space,

But of course there would be bread --

For it started with manna, and all must be fed.

"This is my body, broken for you.

For you, five thousand;

For you, Israelite nation;

For you, child of the covenant;

Judas and Peter,

This is my body broken for you."

That simple phrase, paired with the food of the day,

Makes me human again - nourishes weak spots within.

It lifts me up and draws me back in --

Breathing life into bones that were weary and thin.

For it's easy to be so hungry for God

That God must appear in the shape of a meal,

Countering frailty, allowing me to heal.

So maybe that's why I come back to this space,

Because I know God will be here, offering grace.

And I need that bread in order to feel --

In order to see the kingdom revealed.

I should have known there would be water,

But of course there would be bread --

For I am hungry, and all must be fed.